The shock decision to snub Harry Redknapp and go for Roy Hodgson as next England manager looks like a financial one.
The FA would have had to pay Spurs about £10m compensation for Harry at a time when they are developing an expensive new national football centre at Burton.
You have to ask, too, if Redknapp has enemies at Wembley who felt he might not have fitted in (shades here of the non-appointment of Brian Clough in the 1970s).
Hodgson did a good job with the national teams of Switzerland and Finland and took Fulham to a Europa League final (he also nearly got them relegated).
But, worryingly, considering the pressure of the England job, he looked out of his depth at Liverpool last season.
The suspicion is that his endless pattern-of-play coaching is best suited to getting the best out of mid-ranking teams rather than top players. Hodgson’s team will be well drilled but lack the flair and excitement of Redknapp’s approach.
Whoever takes over needs to crack on with picking England’s 2012 squad and he will not be spoilt for choice.
Joe Hart is a class No1 keeper.
But the back-up contenders – Ben Foster, Rob Green and David Stockdale do not convince.
Norwich City’s John Ruddy might come in to the reckoning.
In defence, Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott shut out world champions Spain – and that’s good enough for me.
The Chelsea pair of Gary Cahill and John Terry would be the other central defenders, leaving out the injury-prone Rio Ferdinand, who might have issues playing with Terry anyway.
Kyle Walker’s youth and pace should win him a spot at right-back and I would prefer Micah Richards to Glen Johnson because he defends better.
The left-backs pick themselves – Ashley Cole and understudy Leighton Baines.
In central midfield, 37-year-old Paul Scholes deserves a recall because he can still control a game.
Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker and Phil Jones for his versatility would be my other picks in the engine room.
Out wide, England should take a punt on Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a pacy option from the bench behind Theo Walcott and Ashley Young.
Swansea’s Nathan Dyer is in the frame, too.
Wayne Rooney is suspended for the opening two games but has to go as the team’s top player. But beyond him, who?
With options few, Peter Crouch – who has hit 22 goals in 42 England games – still has something to offer by way of a Plan B.
Danny Welbeck has caught the eye for England and possibly Jermain Defoe has to go, despite hardly getting a start at Spurs.
Norwich’s action-man Grant Holt is a handful and might be one to consider as a surprise option.
England remain hard to fancy amid the chaotic build-up, though.